Jason Leger, who wore a F*ck Islam t-shirt at the rally, spoke with a group of people praying outside the mosque on Friday. They invited him inside.
"When I took a second to actually sit down and listen to them, and actually enter their mosque, and go in and watch some of their prayers, it is a beautiful thing, and they answered some of the questions that I had," said Jason Leger.
Leger and his uncle, Paul Griffith, attended the rally advocating for free speech.
We don't have to like everything that is free speech in this world, but we do have to let it happen, we have to let people wear what they want, say what they want," said Leger.
Griffith echoed the free speech sentiment adamantly saying, “I made my point, the point was that even the most vile speech is protected under the first amendment, that was the point I was trying to make."
Yet both seemed to learn the lesson that not all speech is necessarily okay or right when inciting harm to a specific group. Instead of making brash assumptions and stereotyping, and actually getting to know and understand one another did the two protesters begin to erase their bigotry and hatred and grow a little more open-minded.
"I feel that me and a few people like my uncle Paul, and the Muslim people, taking the time to talk to each other, feel that we changed the thoughts of some people, and they changed the thoughts of me. Paul specifically said he would not wear that shirt again," said Leger.